According to a private TV channel Geo, Tehsildar of Shahrag Harnai district of Balochistan, Sajjad Gul Kakar said that the coal miners were sleeping in their makeshift camp near the coalfield when a group of armed men besieged their camp and kidnapped eight coal miners at gun point.
“Initial investigation suggests that one of the Baloch separatist groups have kidnapped these coalminers,” Kakar told the media.
“The coalminers belonged to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and a manhunt has been initiated in the area,” another senior official stated.
He added that Baloch separatist groups often kidnap coal miners in order to bar mining companies from extracting coal and other resources.
A couple of years ago, Baloch separatist groups had warned the companies not to carry out any project in Balochistan, threatening to target the companies if they engage in such activities.
So far, no group has claimed responsibility for these kidnappings.